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SAAD QURESHI

All sets of images courtesy of Gazelli Art House:

Set 1 -Other crescents other moons (Mixed Media including wood, cement and paint 440 cm diameter x 240 cm)

Set 2 -Alone in Earth Below (Mixed Media including wood, paint and leather 200 cm diameter)

Set 3 -Right of Return (Mixed Media including wood, beeswax and paint 37.5 x 79 x 144 cm)

Set 4 -Dead trees give no shelter (Mixed Media including wood, beeswax and paint 40 x 75 x 144 cm)

Since graduating from the Slade MFA in painting in 2010 Saad has exhibited widely, including the Saatchi Gallery, Aicon Gallery and Vyner St. He came to prominence in 2010 as a finalist in the BBC television program ‘School of Saatchi’ and his recent awards include the Royal British Society of Sculptors’ Bursary Award and Red Mansion Foundation Prize. Saad’s work explores failures of communication and notions of belonging in a multicultural society with paintings, sculpture and installation, which are both melancholic and beautiful.

In 2011, for Gazelli Art House Saad produced a monumental 9m long sculpture of a partially destroyed minaret The piece lay prone along the main room of the exhibition space and provided a dramatic and poignant starting point for visitors to the gallery. The minaret became a frequent frame of reference in Saad’s work, exploring the iconography inherent in the structure seen as the ‘stitch between heaven and earth’ in Islamic tradition.

Much of the work made by Saad Qureshi reflects his interest in the role of religion in the modern world. He states that by using stories from both the Bible and the Quran he is able to present ‘the failures of ideals and belief systems’ in modern life’. The conflict between spirituality and reality frequently features as symbolic representations in his works.

Other crescents other moons is an innovative on-going series consisting of landscapes based on individual memories. When visiting a new place, Qureshi posts an advertisement asking individuals to donate a written or verbal memory, which he then interprets into a landscape. When reproducing these landscapes, Qureshi skilfully weaves his own vision onto the memory without interfering with its content. As such, the origins and ownership of the memory is called into question, leading the viewer to explore the nature of perception and reality. As Qureshi states: “Many of us have left a certain place or even homeland behind, the vividness of which is etched in our memories. With other crescents other moons I will capture these memories, side by side, creating a continuum.”

Qureshi describes his ethnicity as British Asian and the presence of Islamic and Christian influences in his work are both an acknowledgement of multiculturalism and a reminder of the shared origins from which the Abrahamic religions derive. -Gazelli Art House

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